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Thinking of going bass fishing sometime soon? Sounds like a great idea, especially as summer is here. When embarking on a fishing trip, it’s important to have the right equipment with you, that is apart from the boat, and other things. You need the right fishing gear, specifically the fishing rod. Fishing rods come in various types, and each has its particular trait and strength, and things they can accomplish.
So without much ado, let’s take a look at the typical rods for bass fishing.
The first thing to settle on is the type of rod to take with you on a fishing trip. Ordinarily, there are two types of fishing rods, and they are peculiar as they are different. We have the Casting Rod and the Spinning Rod
1. Casting Rod
This is characterized by its ability to cover a great distance, and also for better catches. Also known as baitcasting rods, this type may seem more complex or difficult to a first-timer, but it’s a great choice for regulars and pros because of its great coverage. The interesting thing about this rod is that it can be used to cover great distances, and so is a perfect choice for making a catch in a boat, either on the move, or anchored. The reel of a baitcasting rod sits at the top.
2. Spinning Rod
Used for making a catch near the angler, spinning rods are the go-to for first-timers because of its easy-to-use nature. They are great for spaces that may seem hard to reach and are best equipped with a lighter line. The reel for a spinning rod sits at the bottom.
Understating that each rod has its place, and strengths are key, and also understanding how these rods work. For example, it’s could be disadvantageous to put a casting reel on a spinning rod or a spinning reel on a casting rod.
Although both rods can be used for bass fishing, most anglers would rather go for the casting rod option, despite its toughness, as they consider it to have some strengths over the spinning rod.
Let’s take a look at some of the features of a baitcasting rod and why to go for it.
• Casting rods are generally picked because of the much distance they cover, and because of the accuracy they offer owing to their greater length. What this means is that you, as an angler, do not necessarily have to near your prey or in the water as having a bass rod can allow you.
• Technically, a baitcasting rod is hard to use because it is not so straightforward. For example, the reels sit on top, and this can pose a bit of a challenge for a first-timer. Also, the fact that when the rod dips, the eyelets go upwards. This can create lots of backlashes, and a first-timer may see him or herself changing lines a couple of times. Despite that, this type of rod is still a choice for most people going on serious fishing.
• When you make a catch with a casting rod, the rod bends downwards, while the eyelets, the parts which the line is passed, go upwards, which ensures the line stays in place and does not snap or break.
• Baitcasting rods are usually heavier when it comes to power. Power here refers to how much load a fishing rod can hold, depending on the fish, ranging from light to heavy. A baitcasting rod is usually on the heavier end, which makes it a great choice for fish like bass.
• A baitcasting rod helps for more refined casts. This is because it does away with friction, compared to the spinning rod.
• Because of its power, a baitcasting rod can take heavier lines, as well as heavier baits, which make them a better choice for deep-sea fishing, and for big and stubborn fish like bass.
• A baitcasting rod usually has less action. Action in fishing means the amount of flex a rod has, ranging from slow to extra fast. Baitcasting roads are usually between slow and medium. This is as a result of its power. Its heavy feature doesn’t allow for much flex. But it allows for many lines. That’s why people employing a casting rod much exercise patience, as doing otherwise can result in breaking the rods since it doesn’t bend very well.
We have helped you better take a look at the typical rods for bass fishing. Although much attention has been paid to the baitcasting fishing rod type, it does not mean that the spinning rod does not have its place or strength. If anything, it is advised that one should begin with a spinning rod before proceeding to a baitcasting rod, owing to its complex structure.
So, do take note of the features given, and make it a point to go with a baitcasting rod when next you’re going on that fishing trip. But first ensure you get lots of practice to get a hang of it, and ensure the best results.